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Safari Helicopter Tours

Address: Heliport, Hilo International Airport, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
Phone Number: 808-246-0136
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Ranked #16 of 57 Activities in Hilo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Vancouver, Canada
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40 reviews 40 reviews
5 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW via mobile

We drove over to Hilo to catch our tour thinking it would give us more time seeing the volcano and terrain. Don't bother upgrading to the deluxe tour as all you see is a pathetic waterfall..from the air anyway. The volcano wasn't active, except for steam. A few outbreaks of molten lava over the area, otherwise looked just the same... More

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Parker, Colorado, United States
17 reviews 17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014 via mobile

Paid for a 55 minute tour that was squeezed into 45 minutes, not flight time but total time. Every other helicopter tour we have taken you could ask the pilot a question or two. Not this one he didn't want to have anything to do with the paying passengers. The ground manager couldn't even get him to look up when... More

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Paul M, Chief Pilot at Safari Helicopter Tours, responded to this review

All our flights are advertised as being 50 – 55 minutes long. Based on the video record of the flight, their flight was 50 minutes long from takeoff to touchdown as measured by a meter that measures only flight time. During the pre-takeoff briefing, the pilots inform the passengers that there may be times that they are unable to communicate... More

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68 reviews 68 reviews
28 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

We took the Deluxe tour. So we got to fly over the erupting volcano and seen some beautiful waterfalls. We hovered a bit to see the hot lava through one of the holes. Only complaint trip to short. Should have booked a longer one. What beautiful sites and scenery I am sure there are many more on the island.

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Berlin, Connecticut
4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014 via mobile

I never ever wanted to get into a helicopter. I'm so glad my fiancé got me to do this. Safari has the best prices on the web that I could find. Some of the tour books in Hawaii show slightly cheaper rates but don't disclose the name of the tour company. We just did the volcano tour which ended up... More

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London, United Kingdom
20 reviews 20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

I would definitely recommend doing a helicopter tour on this island. Ours went for 45mins, out of Hilo, and we were lucky it wasn't cancelled due to bad weather. The pilot was knowledgable about the local area and gave us some good information. It probably depends on the weather but we saw the vent at ?, flew over the lava... More

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Tokyo, Japan
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

The ride was great, there was lava flow but not in huge quantity. I have booked in advance to request for a front window seat. This is important as the whole trip is about the view. It has to be a window seat and front right most so that you are not in between the pilot and another passenger. (3... More

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Greenville, WV
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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

First two flights were cancelled but ours went up. Always felt safe. Rain over volcano kept us from seeing the lava, but was able to see around volcano and waterfalls.

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Carmichael, California
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39 reviews 39 reviews
13 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

We took the 45-50 minute tour over the current eruption and Kilauea. It was an excellent ride! The pilot was knowledgeable about the history and geology of the area and provided interesting commentary as we flew over the area. Breathtaking! Highly recommended!

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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Pros: Very enjoyable experience. Saw a few skylights with thin veil and flowing orange lava underneath. A lava breakout with burning vegetation. Pleasant ride with nice commentary. Pickup available from cruise ship on request. Cons: 6 passenger craft with 2 cramped middle (non window seats)seats with marginal views. DVD of the flight (bought separately) with very poor resolution.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

In just 1 word: GREAT! Do it and don't hesitate. Flying in a helicopter is not scary at all. You will want to book again, that is sure.

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